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Galaxy’s Hernandez could be suspended, fined after alleged spitting incident.

Mexican star Luis Hernandez has not scored in eight games since joining the Los Angeles Galaxy and he might have to wait at least a couple more.

Major League Soccer officials are investigating an incident in which he was accused of spitting on Kansas City Wizards midfielder Chris Klein and Matt McKeon after an exchange of words following Kansas City’s 2-0 victory over the Galaxy.

A suspension and\or fine could follow.

"Luis said some words to Matt," Klein told the Columbus Dispatch "I was trying to get Matt out of there and Hernandez spit in my face."

Said McKeon, "He spit on me three times and then when Chris came over he spit on me again. You can't do that in this league. He has no respect for American players. There's no need for that. That's a joke."

Wizards defender Peter Vermes said he saw Hernandez spit on his teammates, as did goalkeeper Tony Meola.

"I hope we're in for more soccer from (Hernandez) and less of that stuff," Meola said.


As long as he scores . . .

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Mutiny striker Mamadou Diallo leads MLS with 15 goals and registered his sixth multi-goal game with a pair in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over the Miami Fusion.

He also established a dubious league record by being whistled for being offside nine times, one more than the previous record set by Roy Lassiter in 1996 when he was with the Mutiny.

Tampa Bay was called offside 14 times in the match, one shy of its own record of 15 set in 1996.


Bravo cleared to play

DENVER -- Colorado Rapids midfielder Paul Bravo has been cleared to play on Wednesday against the Dallas Burn after X-rays taken on his left foot came back negative. Bravo left Saturday's 3-1 loss to the MetroStars at halftime after it was suspected he had broken one or more toes after a collision.


Gutierrez the keynote speaker at citizenship ceremony

CHICAGO -- Chicago Fire midfielder Diego Gutierrez will be sworn in a Wednesday ceremony and become a United States citizen at the Harold Washington Library in downtown Chicago. Gutierrez will be the keynote speaker at his own ceremony, giving a speech in front of numerous city leaders as well as approximately 1000 others to be sworn in as U.S. citizens.


Earthquakes still after first road win

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Unbeaten at home but winless on the road, the San Jose Earthquakes (4-7-6, 18 points) look to change the latter during a two-game road trip that begins in east Rutherford, N.J., Wednesday against the MetroStars. On Saturday, it’s own to Columbus to play the Crew.

San Jose, last in the Western Division, extended its league-record home unbeaten streak to 14 matches with a pair of ties last week and are 4-0-4 at Spartan Stadium. Away from home, the Earthquakes are 0-7-2. After using 16 different starting lineups to begin the season, the Quakes finally used a previously-used opening 11 Saturday in a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire.

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